The next year he was discovered by the Colorado Avalanche while playing roller hockey in Montreal. He played the entire 1995-96 season with the Cornwall Aces of the American Hockey League but made the junp to the Avalanche the following season,
Messier played both forward and defence for the Avs. In 2000-01, Messier won the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche]].
He was traded to the Florida Panthers in 2003 but retired following a mid-season wrist injury.
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